Celebrate Pluto expedition in downtown Bellingham

While Pluto has not been an official planet since 2006, it will be stealing the spotlight when a NASA spacecraft makes the closest-ever encounter with it on Tuesday, July 14.

The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention will be hosting Pluto Revealed, a free event from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday to watch video and discuss the New Horizons spacecraft when its first message about Pluto is expected back on Earth.

The signal is expected to arrive at 6:02 p.m. and will be the craft’s first communication after 24 hours of observation around Pluto.

Pluto Revealed also will feature a video stream of NASA’s Mission Control, multimedia presentations and displays about the mission, Q&As, a live taping of the podcast and radio show Spark Science, and other opportunities to learn about Pluto and the mission.

Spark Science runs Saturdays at noon, Sundays at 5 p.m., and Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

Melissa Rice, a planetary scientist from Western Washington University, and Casey Dreier, advocacy director for The Planetary Society, also will be attending the event as special guests.

Seating is limited for Tuesday’s even at Spark Museum’s 1312 Bay St. location.

Libby Keller can be reached at 360-715-2242 or libby.keller@bellinghamherald.com.